Hi, My name is Jeanette and I live in The Netherlands. I'm 45 years old and suffer from RA since I was 18. Due to this RA I've got 3 prothesis: 2 shoulder replacements ("conventional", 2003 and 2004) and 1 elbow replacement ("total", 2006)
Since I had some elbow complaints for the last few months, my orthopedic surgeon told me last week, on base of an X-ray, that a total revision of the elbow replacement is needed within 6 months. He also told me the replacement can only be changed once, so when te new replacement is loosening aswell, there will be no other option than living without this kind of joint. In the best case I will be 60 then
I've contacted several patient associations, asking for experiences with this kind of surgery, but this kind of operation is very rare in The Netherelands, for certain in combination with a present shoulder replacement. So I hope anyone in te UK can tell me:
1 ) his/her experience with this operation and/or experience with living without the elbow joint, or
2) Do you know, in case of revision, if in the UK there is an option to change only the ulna part instead if the total replacement? or
3) do you know a very good and well experienced surgeon who is not afraid of an challenge or would like to inform me of the options in the UK?
I'm a little bit desperate, so I hope there is someone who can comfort me and make te future look a little more bright with his/her story . I hope to hear from you!
Jeanette op de Weegh